Review of Berman’s All That Is Solid Melts into Air


Author Marshall Berman begins the preface to this third edition of his penetrating book:

“… I define modernism as any attempt by modern men and women to become subjects as well as objects of modernization, to get a grip on the modern world and make themselves at home in it (p.5).”

This implies that modernity lends agency to people; that is, it gives them the ability (if they are able to recognize and grasp it) to change the world around them.

Read the full review here.


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